Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, September 6

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…West Brom will prevent Saido Berahino going on strike – by offering him a new contract with a £25million buy-out clause. (Sunday People)Chelsea attempted to gazump Manchester United’s shock signing of Anthony Martial last week. (Sunday Times)Manchester City were also in for Martial and the £57.6million buy was on their radar way before United landed the France starlet. (Sun on Sunday)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was willing to listen to offers for Marcus Rojo after growing frustrated with the Argentine defender over the summer. (Daily Star Sunday)Manchester United have slammed the door shut on David de Gea joining Real Madrid in the New Year. (Sunday Mirror)Manchester United have made Gareth Bale their No.1 transfer target — despite their current war of words with Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)Barcelona have already set their sights on strengthening their attacking options, with Manchester City’s Jesus Navas part of a quartet aimed at adding goals to the La Liga champions. (Mail on Sunday)Paris Saint-Germain will renew their efforts to sign Everton full back Seamus Coleman in the January transfer window. (Sunday Express)Christian Benteke has turned to the mind guru who first guided his career to help him deal with the challenge of his £32million move to Liverpool. (Sunday Mirror) Transfer rumours last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Are these Jurgen Klopp’s top transfer targets?

first_img Ruben Neves (Porto) – Click the right arrow above to see more transfer targets… – One of the most highly-rated young central midfielders in Europe, Neves is already being linked with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea. The youngster’s release clause is reportedly £21.5m and could be low enough to convince Jurgen Klopp to make a move in January, according to Tutto Mercato Web. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) – Click the right arrow above to see more transfer targets… – The Italian sensation has had a brilliant last three seasons, powering the minnows into Serie A and then keeping them there in style with 42 goals in 108 games. It’s reported in Italy, Klopp has long admired the 21-year-old and now Sassuolo fully own the player he could be tempted to sign him, despite Juventus inserting a buy-back clause in their deal to sell the player in the summer. 5 5 Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow above to see more transfer targets… – The Ghanaian has hit the ground running in the Premier League following his free transfer and impressed with his hard-working displays in Wales. His reward so far has been four goals and plenty of plaudits, but he now finds himself a wanted man with Klopp keen on a move, report ESPN FC 5 5 Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) or Loris Karius (Mainz) – Jurgen Klopp already seems keen on ditching goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and could well raid the Bundesliga for his replacement. Germany is currently well stocked for goalkeepers with a number of young stars putting pressure on Manuel Neuer. Leno and Karius at the two shot-stoppers Calciomercato believe are grabbing Klopp’s attention. Leroy Sane (Schalke) – Click the right arrow above to see more transfer targets… – At the start of October it was revealed Liverpool had made an offer for the German starlet before the end of the summer transfer window. The Royal Blues will be reluctant to sell given they’ve just let go of Julian Draxler but Klopp might tempt him away. 5 With Jurgen Klopp named the new Liverpool boss last week, it wasn’t going to be long before the transfer rumours started.The German has barely been in the job a week and former charges like Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marcos Reus have all been linked with switch to Anfield.BUNDESLIGA STARS LIVERPOOL COULD SIGNThere plenty more players who he hasn’t managed who are reportedly interesting the charismatic 48-year-old too.But who are the men Klopp could move for in January as he attempts to build a Premier League title winning side? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see more stars who have been linked with a move to Liverpool…last_img read more

‘Coutinho sent Ramires back to when he was a good player’ – fans laugh at midfielder

first_imgHe may have headed Chelsea into an early lead against Liverpool, but football fans couldn’t help but rub it in when Ramires was turned by Philippe Coutinho for the Reds’ equaliser.The Blues midfielder was starting alongside John Obi Mikel in the middle and as his side were defending their lead with the first half about to end, he was turned by compatriot Coutinho, who scored a great goal.And supporters watching the game – it finished 3-1 to Liverpool – were quick to ridicule him, as you can see in these tweets… 1 Coutinho scores against Chelsea last_img read more

Five things we learned from Tottenham’s masterclass thrashing of West Ham

first_img 5 5 1. The top four is within reach – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more things learned from Tottenham’s 4-1 win against West Ham – Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, said his side have the quality to finish among the Premier League’s top four after the display against West Ham. It would see the club qualify for the Champions League, but Pochettino insists quality alone won’t be enough to see them through. Former captain Jamie Redknapp also thinks the club are on the right path, having watched the team extend their unbeaten record to 12 league games. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the club since taking over.There were signs of change last season in his first year in charge and now things are clicking, to the joy of the team’s many fans.They were unstoppable against West Ham, thrashing their London rivals 4-1 and here, talkSPORT looks at lessons learned from the White Hart Lane masterclass.PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEKENDClick the yellow arrow above, right, to see more. 5 4. The battle to be England’s right-back at Euro 2016 will be interesting – Kyle Walker has had his critics in the past and like the rest of the Tottenham defenders has been excellent this season. And with Liverpool also playing well, Roy Hodgson may have a selection headache when it comes to the first choice right back. Reds delighted in Nathaniel Clyne’s composed display v Man City and it appears like there is good competition on the international front. 2. Toby Alderweireld is up there with one of the buys of the season – Only Man United have conceded fewer than Tottenham this season, as summer signing Alderweireld has formed a solid partnership with Jan Vertonghen in the heart of defence. At £11.5m, many Spurs fans think the Belgian is the buy of the season. 5 5 3. Dele Alli is still so young – Granted, we haven’t just discovered the Tottenham midfielder is still only 19, but it’s easy to forget. Alli was booked for his minor skirmish with Mark Noble during the win against West Ham, meaning he is suspended for the visit of Chelsea on Sunday. Pochettino was quick to remind people Alli, who started for the first time for England and scored at Wembley, is still developing. “His fight is there, but he needs to be calm and that is an example,” the boss explained, insisting he will learn as he becomes more experienced. 5. Not all of West Ham’s travelling supporters support their team through thick and thin – There were more than 10 minutes left to play when the away section began emptying out at White Hart Lane, as some fans were clearly not happy with how badly their team were being beaten. And when West Ham did finally score, there was very few supporters still there to cheer the goal.last_img read more

Van Gaal says Man Utd conceded ‘cheap’ goals in Liverpool loss

first_imgLouis van Gaal criticised the way Manchester United conceded twice in the Europa League defeat at Liverpool.The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 and United have given themselves a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the last eight.Roberto Firmino stabbed in the second goal to make sure of a win which had seemed a formality during the first half, when Liverpool played United off the park but somehow had only Daniel Sturridge’s penalty to show for it.The final result was greeted with huge cheers from the Anfield crowd. Van Gaal said Liverpool deserved their win, but called both goals “cheap” from the visitors’ point of view.“Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic,” he told BT Sport.“They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic, but I think it was a cheap penalty.“In the second half we changed the shape and had much more of the game but we didn’t create many chances and they scored another cheap goal.”Asked to expand, Van Gaal claimed there was an offside in the build-up to the second goal, while suggesting the contact Memphis Depay made on Clyne was outside the area and not enough to bring the Liverpool player down.“The referee cannot see that, but the hold is outside the box and then he is falling down,” the Dutchman said. “You have to be sharp when you give it. It is a cheap penalty. They deserve the win, but the goals they got are cheap.”In the dying stages of the game Emre Can went down holding his face after an off-the-ball clash with Marouane Fellaini, but Van Gaal said he did not see the incident which could yet land his midfielder in trouble.“I haven’t seen that,” he said.“I have to say Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch tonight and I’m very sorry when he makes mistakes like that. But I do not know about this because I have not seen it.” 1 The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 at Anfield in the Europa League last 16 last_img read more

Mosques in Irvine, San Diego open doors for fire evacuees

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.All except two families have moved on, but new ones were expected at the mosque, Syeda said. The Islamic Center of Irvine, Two Truman, has fielded inquiries from people looking for shelter, Syeda said, and is prepared to offer families a place to sleep as well as food, Syeda said. Kits with medical supplies and toiletries will be distributed from the Irvine mosques to evacuees at shelters today and tomorrow. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. IRVINE – Mosques in Irvine and San Diego have thrown open their doors for fire evacuees, and another in Garden Grove will offer special prayers tonight for rain to help firefighters battle wildfires. The prayer of Salatul Istisqa will be said at 6:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Orange County, One Al-Rahman Plaza, Garden Grove, said Munira Syeda of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim. The prayer is traditionally offered in times of drought, she said. The Islamic Center of San Diego, 7050 Eckstrom Ave., sheltered 16 families on Monday, most from the communities of Rancho Bernardo and Poway, Syeda said. last_img read more

RISING, SLOWLY

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Just two blocks away, the Bank Lofts and LaSalle Lofts, both on Seventh Street, also are moving quickly toward completion, albeit behind schedule. And on Centre Street, residents began moving into the first of the completed downtown loft condominiums this spring. After decades of dashed hopes and disappointment, the little hillside town bordering one of the nation’s busiest industrial ports has finally caught the attention of developers. In a place where property values drop the closer one got to the water, San Pedro was an anomaly that seemed ripe for becoming the state’s next trendy seaside neighborhood. “We have instant entertainment” with the container port, said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. “We’re so far ahead (of other cities) with our natural advantages, we just have to capitalize on it.” By Donna Littlejohn Staff Writer There’s no escaping it – the sights and sounds of construction fill downtown San Pedro these days. Workers have reached the ninth floor of what will be a 16-story glass condominium tower at Palos Verdes and Fifth streets, set to be finished in about a year and replacing a long-vacant, asbestos-ridden office building. But like most dreams, this one has been tempered by reality. A nationwide real estate slump has slowed anticipated sales of the 116-unit Centre Street Lofts, now just over half filled. And a new harbor commission appears less enthusiastic than its predecessors when it comes to waterfront development, which after its initial launch also became bogged down in endless debate. The extensive permitting and complex environmental studies required to move the project forward have further slowed the waterfront’s progress. Port officials say it’s all much more complicated than they originally thought it would be. But the runaway optimism that swept through town during back-to-back groundbreakings in the early 2000s isn’t dead yet. Most residents remain upbeat. Things just haven’t moved along as quickly – or as smoothly – as some had hoped. “I’d love for it to go much quicker than it has,” said Andrew Silber, owner of the Whale and Ale restaurant in downtown. “But it’s going in the right direction and I don’t see any signs of it faltering or stopping. In my opinion, the snowball has started rolling down the hill a bit.” The biggest disappointment? San Pedro’s slow-moving waterfront development. After building the first couple of miles of a planned promenade, progress appeared to stop in 2005 after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new harbor commission was appointed. “I almost want to cry,” said John Papadakis, the restaurant owner who kicked off the idea to build a European-style promenade along San Pedro’s waterfront in 2001. Papadakis’ office is filled with waterfront drawings and plans that have yet to come to fruition. “A mile of the waterfront was built, with viable plans for the rest,” said Papadakis, who recalled first sharing his promenade dream with former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on a harbor bike ride. “What happened? It’s stopped dead in its tracks. Nothing visible has been done on the waterfront in three years.” “The waterfront project has been extremely disappointing to me,” Councilwoman Hahn said. “This harbor commission has not built one foot, not one inch of it. They’ve missed so many deadlines, so many benchmarks. It’s really a shame.” It was five years ago that the Urban Land Institute sent a panel of experts to San Pedro for a week. Invited by newly elected Councilwoman Hahn, the ULI panel was asked to take a hard look at the port town and tell community leaders what it would take to revitalize the area. Among ULI’s main recommendations was building market-rate housing – and lots of it – in the downtown shopping district. Like many aging downtowns, San Pedro’s commercial corridor had been hit hard through the years by the advent of big chain stores and regional shopping malls. Numerous attempts to breathe new life into Sixth and Seventh streets, lined with quaint, 1920s masonry buildings, never quite succeeded. Housing would provide the built-in customer base San Pedro needed, ULI panelists said. The town also should build on its unique heritage and atmosphere, they said, by encouraging the budding artist community that already had discovered the area. Since then, no one would deny that the town has come a long way. The Centre Street Lofts were built on a lot that had stood vacant for some 30 years, a depressing symbol of San Pedro’s inability through the years to reinvent itself. Debate on waterfront plans began in earnest under the harbor commission appointed by Riordan. But the big push in moving it all forward was the 2001 election of James Hahn, a San Pedro resident, as mayor of Los Angeles. His sister, also a San Pedro resident, was elected that same year. They provided San Pedro, the distant southernmost tip of the city of Los Angeles, with some much needed friends in high places. “We had this wonderful confluence of my sister and I both being elected at the same time and both of us living in San Pedro,” said the former mayor, now the managing director of a Wilshire Boulevard law firm. “The stars were aligned.” And while Hahn was defeated for a second term in 2005, plans initiated under his and his sister’s terms were already well on their way. “Obviously it’s a lot better to be at a ribbon-cutting than a groundbreaking, but sometimes the groundbreaking takes more work,” the former mayor said. If there’s an exceptionally bright spot in what’s happened since, it’s in San Pedro’s downtown area. In addition to the new lofts going up, several new independent shops have filled storefront vacancies in recent months, with three ribbon-cuttings taking place in just the past week. A Starbucks has signed a lease for the ground-floor retail space of the Centre Street Lofts. And the San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is working with Los Angeles city officials to develop an Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) District to capitalize on the area’s burgeoning artist colony. The overlay zone would allow for sidewalk dining, encourage more artists to live and work in San Pedro, and provide opportunities and venues for live entertainment in the downtown. A re-energized monthly First Thursday Art Walk event already is drawing growing crowds to check out the artist galleries, studios and restaurants in the downtown. “Downtown is just flying off the charts,” said Jayme Wilson, a longtime San Pedro businessman who also manages Ports O’ Call on the waterfront. “We’re following the model of Hollywood and other areas, putting more customers downtown, then more shops, and then more people. It works in all these other communities.” Not everyone’s sold on San Pedro’s immediate prospects, however. Real estate agent and investor George Takis says San Pedro still faces significant hurdles. Low-income government housing, halfway homes and crime, he said, persist in the residential neighborhoods surrounding downtown. A San Pedro High School football player was killed last week in what police believe was a gang-related shooting just four blocks from downtown. “They have an element down there that’s just not advantageous to anyone wanting to stay,” Takis said. “If you go to Long Beach, they’re giving condos away – and at least there’s something (for people) to do.” The Starbucks that signed on at the Centre Street Lofts so far is the only retailer the developer has been able to ink for the ground-floor spaces. And many existing San Pedro shops are still closing up way too early, critics say. “That place is like the night of the living dead if you go down there at 5 or 6 at night,” Takis said. “There’s nothing around.” Community leaders like Wilson, though, believe San Pedro can eventually absorb the diverse economic stratus, offering a uniquely integrated community that will add to the port town’s creative and colorful ambiance. One commercial real estate investor, who asked that his name not be used because he does much of his business in and around the area, believes San Pedro’s revitalization is still at least 10 years away. “Even before the real estate downturn, there have been challenges there,” he said. “Downtown San Pedro is trying to pull itself up by the boot straps. We’ve seen a lot of investor interest (in recent years), but that’s gotten very quiet lately.” A huge impediment, he said, is the city of Los Angeles’ burdensome taxes and bureaucracy. “It’s a bureaucracy like no other bureaucracy in Southern California,” he said. “It hurts everybody. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It’s so anti-business.” Developer interest in downtown remains strong, however, despite the housing market crunch. Raffi Cohen, the developer of the Vue, already is in escrow to buy the property on Fifth and Harbor Boulevard to build an 18-story condominium. And he’s hoping to build a third high-rise as well. “We’ve done very well, we’re 80 percent sold,” said Jackie Zbur, sales manager for the Vue. “We have contracts for 248 of the 318 homes.” LaSalle Lofts developer Keith Bohr said the timing of the real estate slump may wind up helping his 26-unit project, which has fallen considerably behind schedule and won’t be done until late next summer. The fact that downtown is just blocks from the waterfront has got to pay off, he said. “Here’s how I sleep well at night. Our product is coastal, so that gives you access to the water, and our product is entry-level,” he said. Units will be in the $400,000 range. “Not only will this be a nice place for singles or young marrieds to be in five years, but it could be awesome,” he said. The homeless and low-income neighborhoods, Bohr said, won’t bother most first-time homebuyers. “It could scare off some customers, but young professionals in their late 20s and early 30s are fairly immune to that,” he said. For new downtown business owners like Susan McKenna, the more residents the better. “It’s a tough business environment down here,” said the owner of Nosh Cafe across the street from the Centre Street Lofts. “But there have been some good days. You just have to be patient.” “Downtown is far from out of the woods,” said San Pedro developer Alan Johnson, who has invested heavily in the town’s ultimate turnaround. “But it’s going pretty darn well, even in the face of a real estate downturn. Hopefully, we won’t get too clobbered. I’m seeing new faces in town and lots of new businesses. So many shops that were vacant for years and years now have stores in them.” Camilla Townsend, who heads the chamber of commerce, remains optimistic. “I would like it to be going faster, no question, but I think the housing slump slowed everything down,” she said. “But I firmly believe that this is going to pass. We’re at the last mile. We’re almost there.” When it comes to San Pedro’s waterfront, though, there is nearly universal disappointment. Among the most frustrated is Papadakis, a member of one of San Pedro’s old-line, most successful immigrant families. He flatly blames Los Angeles’ new mayor and harbor commission, saying the waterfront project has been derailed by lack of interest on the part of city and port leaders. “The present leadership has totally lost its way,” said Papadakis, owner of Papadakis Taverna, an upscale and popular Greek restaurant that draws a packed house on weekends. Mayor Hahn’s harbor commission from 2001-05 included three Harbor Area residents, providing a built-in interest in changing San Pedro’s industrial waterfront into commercial and recreational uses. The award-winning New York design firm of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects came up with plans that were initially hailed but then somehow became embroiled in public debate. “That was my biggest regret, that once we selected EE&K we should have had the whole (environmental report) certified and construction contracts awarded,” said Hahn’s harbor commission president, Nick Tonsich. He said the commission thought it would have an additional four years to work on the waterfront. “That would have ensured that we had a very state-of-the-art waterfront, the best money could buy.” Once Villaraigosa’s new commission took over, with only one San Pedro resident as part of the five-member panel, progress stalled. “Basically, from what I can tell, they’ve tabled the whole project,” former Mayor Hahn said of the current port leadership. More than just a cosmetic makeover or tourist draw, a revamped waterfront and downtown – complete with high-rise office space – is vital to restoring San Pedro’s economic health, Papadakis believes. Bringing in new, well-paying jobs, he said, is needed in a town that has seen its once thriving fishing industry and canneries disappear. “The purpose of the waterfront development was to defeat the poverty and crime and drug addiction that has plagued the Harbor Area for decades,” he said. “Pure and simple, it was to create a great attraction so that businesses and employers would return to the Harbor Area and create a diversified, well-paying job market.” Herb Zimmer, chairman of the chamber’s waterfront subcommittee, advocates creating an “international maritime village” in San Pedro, arguing that the town desperately needs to attract new, environmentally friendly business and housing in a “walkable” environment. Tonsich is working with Papadakis and the chamber to put together an advisory group, being called “Padrinos de Promenade,” made up of influential state and city leaders to push the waterfront along and provide more continuity. There are signs that the port is listening. More than two years into their term, Villaraigosa’s five harbor commissioners have recently signaled that they’re ready to deal more aggressively with delivering the waterfront project. The port has put out a call for bids on a town square project to be done at Harbor Boulevard and Sixth Street. An interactive fountain set to music on Harbor near First Street is due to finally be finished in March. And improvements to Ports O’ Call Village are set to be made beginning next year. Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, who downsized the initial waterfront plan in hopes of avoiding – or at least delaying – some of the community controversy over commercial versus open space, said residents will see plenty of dirt being turned in 2008. Several pieces of the waterfront are scheduled to be done by 2010, though overall the development will take many more years to complete. “We’re all disappointed in the slowness of it all, but I do believe (the port has) every intention of going forward with it,” said Townsend, one of the local Hahn-appointed harbor commissioners who helped jump-start the waterfront plans from 2001-05. Former harbor commission President John Wentworth said he’s hopeful that community leaders like Townsend and Zimmer will help move the process forward with the port. “Camilla is the great conciliator,” Wentworth said. What’s needed, he said, is a continuing “meaningful dialogue.” If the conversation becomes too loud or adversarial, he said, progress will cease. Last month, Knatz proposed bringing a high-profile marine research institute to the waterfront, an idea that is being coupled with the chamber’s plan for a business “incubator” group specializing in green technology that could bring more jobs and residents to San Pedro. “A lot is going to be happening in 2008,” Knatz said. “I can only say that we’re working on all fronts at the same time. I know people want to see dirt moving and want to get this started as soon as possible. But the front end is always the most difficult.” The port also is continuing to pursue a new cruise ship terminal at the port’s southern Kaiser point. That proposal, however, faces strong opposition among some community members who worry about traffic and yet more density on the isolated peninsula. “My goal is to just keep the construction going and going and going and not stop until it’s done,” Knatz said. Despite the delays and economic setbacks, many view continued growth in San Pedro as something that is unstoppable. “It’s on a path now that can’t really be changed,” former Mayor Hahn said. “I think what everyone wants to see is that this funky charm of San Pedro doesn’t get lost in the rush for everybody to make money on their investments.” “I think they’re focusing in the right place,” said Keith Gurnee, the consultant Wentworth brought in on the waterfront issue some eight years ago. “They’re getting the foot of downtown San Pedro done (as a town plaza), which is a crucial piece of the puzzle, and they’re working to fix up Ports O’ Call. Those two projects are probably the most important.” Doug Epperhart, president of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, said San Pedro’s rise is inevitable. “This is the last place on the coast,” he said. “When it starts to really move, it’ll move fairly quickly.” Just like it did, he said, in Long Beach and Venice and Pasadena. “It’ll come,” he said. “I have no doubt whatsoever it will happen to San Pedro. Pedro is different, but it ain’t that different.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Networks should stop writing off viewers

first_imgTHE writers and entertainment-related business will lose money, the studios will lose scripts, but will viewers seeking real quality entertainment be losing anything by the Writers Guild strike? For this viewer, hardly anything will be lost. I don’t blame the writers for wanting to reap some of the profits that the powers that be are making off the Internet and other revenues that weren’t conceived of in the past. But in addition to sharing the eggs laid by the golden goose of the electronic age, maybe it’s time for the writers to also strike for better scripts and for some real entertainment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They can’t fool me with their insipid, so-called reality shows. What’s real when there’s a camera crew there with food, water and trailers filming everything? How their vast audiences are taken in by this is beyond me. Decades ago, Newton Minnow, then chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, coined the phrase “vast wasteland” to describe television. Today it’s vaster and more wasted, and not in a good, narcotic way. It only takes two hands-worth of fingers to count my favorite look-forward-to entertainment shows. Every Monday night from January on, we have a family countdown waiting for “24” to come on. Now, because of the strike, “24” should be in the can just about the same time its star, Kiefer Sutherland, goes to the can for DUI. That accounts for one network. Sorry, NBC, your shows didn’t come close to making the list. CBS has four with “Jericho,” “N.C.I.S.,” “C.S.I” (the original, not the rip-offs) and “Numbers,” and ABC’s “Boston Legal.” That’s not to say there aren’t other good entertainment shows on; they’re not my shows de soir. Even in the good ol’ “wasteland” days, I could count on almost every night being filled with intelligent adult entertainment in prime time. The bottom line for the networks is that their bottom lines are shrinking, and they better wise up to the fact that many of us want real quality entertainment, not the tripe they’ve been serving up. The second thing is they must stop mucking around with their schedules. Running a show for six episodes and then rerunning it is ridiculous. Pop for some extra shows. They also must stop pre-empting shows for inane specials or sporting events. When I go to ABC at 10 on Tuesday night, I want my James Spader and Bill Shatner to be there, not John Stossel with one of his idiotic exposés. The networks wonder why they are losing viewers in droves. Get a program schedule and stick to it. Sometimes a show is off the air for so long it’s difficult to remember what night is aired. Now if you’ll excuse me while I lie my aching back down for an hour of mindless clicking while I look for something to entertain me. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Trying youths as adults being reconsidered

first_imgA generation after America decided to get tough on kids who commit crimes – sometimes locking them up for life – the tide may be turning. States are rethinking and, in some cases, retooling juvenile sentencing laws. They’re responding to new research on the adolescent brain, and studies that indicate teens sent to adult court end up worse off than those who are not: They get in trouble more often, they do it faster and the offenses are more serious. “It’s really the trifecta of bad criminal justice policy,” says Shay Bilchik, a former Florida prosecutor who heads the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. “People didn’t know that at the time the changes were made. Now we do, and we have to learn from it.” Juvenile crime is down, in contrast to the turbulent 1990s when politicians vied to pass laws to get violent kids off the streets. Now, in calmer times, some champion community programs for young offenders to replace punitive measures they say went too far. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The net was thrown too broadly,” says Howard Snyder, director of systems research at the National Center for Juvenile Justice. “When you make these general laws … a lot of people believe they made it too easy for kids to go into the adult system and it’s not a good place to be.” Some states are reconsidering life without parole for teens. Some are focusing on raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction, while others are exploring ways to offer kids a second chance, once they’re locked up – or even before. “There has been a huge sea change … it’s across the country,” says Laurie Garduque, a program director at the MacArthur Foundation, which is heavily involved in juvenile justice reform. Not everyone, though, believes there’s reason to roll back harsher penalties adopted in the 1990s. “The laws that were changed were appropriate and necessary,” says Minnesota prosecutor James Backstrom. “We need to focus on the protecting the public – that’s No. 1. Then we can address the needs of the juvenile offenders.” Each year about 200,000 defendants under 18 are sent directly or transferred to the adult system, known as criminal court, according to rough estimates. Most end up there because of state laws that automatically define them as adults, due to their age or offense. Their ranks rose in the 1990s as juvenile crime soared and 48 states made it easier to transfer kids into criminal court, according to the juvenile justice center. These changes gave prosecutors greater latitude (they could transfer kids without a judge’s permission), lowered the age or expanded the crimes that would make it mandatory for a case to be tried there. Some states also adopted blended sentences in which two sanctions can be imposed simultaneously; if the teen follows the terms of the juvenile sentence, the adult sentence is revoked. The changes were ushered in to curb the explosion in violence – the teen murder arrest rate doubled from 1987 to 1993 – and to address mounting frustrations with the juvenile justice system. A series of horrific crimes by kids rattled the nation: A sixth-grader shot and killed a stranger. A 12-year-old stomped and beat a younger playmate. Two grade-schoolers dropped a 5-year-old 14 stories to his death. Some academics warned that a new generation of “superpredators” would soon be committing mayhem. It never happened. Drug trafficking declined. An improved economy produced more jobs. And the rate of juvenile violent crime arrests plummeted 46 percent from 1994 to 2005, according to federal figures. “When crime goes down, people have an opportunity to be more reflective than crisis-oriented and ask, `Was this policy a good policy?”‘ Bilchik says. The MacArthur Foundation said in a report to be released this month that about half the states are involved in juvenile justice reform. And a national poll, commissioned by MacArthur and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy and set for release at the same time, also found widespread public support for rehabilitating teens rather than locking them up. Some states have already begun to make changes. In Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter recently formed a juvenile clemency board to hear cases of kids convicted as adults. The head of the panel says it’s an acknowledgment that teens are different from adults – a point made in the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision that outlawed the death penalty for crimes committed as juveniles. In 2006, the state replaced the juvenile life-without-parole sentence with the possibility of parole after 40 years. In California and Michigan, juvenile life without parole also is getting another look. In Connecticut, lawmakers recently raised the age of juveniles to 18 for most cases; the changes will be phased in by 2010. Prosecutors can still transfer felonies to adult court. In Illinois, a proposal to move 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors to juvenile court passed in the state Senate and is pending in the House. In Wyoming, talks are under way to shed a system that routinely charges and jails juveniles as adults even for minor offenses such as underage drinking. Not all states are easing up. Last summer, Rhode Island passed a law to send 17-year-old offenders to adult prisons in what was intended as a cost-cutting move. The measure, however, was quickly repealed after critics pointed out the plan probably would be more expensive. Many say the two systems are dramatically different: Juvenile justice emphasizes rehabilitation, adult courts focus on punishment. Reginald Dwayne Betts, just 16 when he was charged with carjacking in Virginia, was locked up more than eight years, mostly in adult prisons. “Of course it makes a difference if you’re 15, 16 or 17,” he says. “You’re not prepared to deal with it physically or emotionally. You’re trying to deal with being away from home. You’re trying to deal with the stress that comes with being in prison.” Violence was a constant. “I got used to stuff most people I see today would never have to get used to – like somebody getting their head split open,” Betts says. Betts had problems at first but gradually retreated into books, taught himself Spanish, wrote and published poetry. When he was released two years ago at age 24, he won a college scholarship. Now engaged and planning to write a book, he knows he’s an exception: “People don’t come out of prison and make good,” he says. In New York, Judge Michael Corriero is aware of those odds. He presides over a special court in the adult system – it’s called the Manhattan Youth Part and is responsible for resolving the cases of 13- to 15-year-olds accused of serious crimes. Corriero tries to steer as many kids as possible away from criminal court, a philosophy detailed in his book, “Judging Children as Children.” “You take a 14-year-old and give him an adult sentence … you’re taking him out of the community at his most vulnerable time,” he says. “If you put them in an institution, what is that kid going to look like in 10 years?” Though juvenile crime tends to evoke images of gangs and murder, violent teens are the exception. Studies show they account for about 5 percent of all juvenile arrests. Drugs, burglary, theft and other property crimes are among the more common reasons teens are prosecuted in adult courts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fulham FC boost! Championship side’s transfer embargo lifted

first_img1 Fulham will be free to sign players during the summer after the club announced their transfer embargo has been lifted by the Football League.In December, the Sky Bet Championship club had seen the sanctions imposed after exceeding Financial Fair Play limits of permitted maximum losses of £6million for a season in their latest financial results.The Football Association said at the time that the Cottagers “will have the opportunity to have their FFP embargo lifted at the end of the season” should they stay “within the maximum permitted deviation of £13m (£5m loss plus £8m shareholder investment) for the 2015-16 season.”And the club confirmed in a statement on their official website that the sanctions had been lifted.It read: “Following confirmation from the Football League, this afternoon Fulham FC announced that its transfer embargo has officially been lifted, and that it is free to trade over the summer months.“Fulham faced a ban during the previous January window, however it was still possible to trade within the set FFP limits, which saw a number of players join the club.“The embargo arose as the club made an adjusted loss greater than the £6m limit allowed by the Football League in the year following relegation.“With the embargo now lifted, the club will continue to pursue its targets in an effort to ensure it has a squad capable of competing successfully in the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship campaign.”Fulham, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, finished 20th in the Championship under head coach Slavisa Jokanovic. Fulham FC: The Cottagers finished 20th in the Championship in 2015/16 last_img read more